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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Volumes 1 & 2

Mark Twain

Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte." De Conte is identified as Joan's page and secretary. For those who've always wanted to "get behind" the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain's narrative makes the story personal and very accessible. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, "Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France." It was originally published as a serialization in Harper's Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper's editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan's Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, "They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama." This recording contains the complete text! De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc's page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life - as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles' army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte's memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants. Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen. Twain said, "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none." (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman)

Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte." De Conte is identified as Joan's page and secretary. For those who've always wanted to "get behind" the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain's narrative makes the story personal and very accessible. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, "Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France." It was originally published as a serialization in Harper's Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper's editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan's Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, "They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama." This recording contains the complete text! De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc's page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life - as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles' army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte's memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants. Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen. Twain said, "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none." (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman)
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Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte." De Conte is identified as Joan's page and secretary. For those who've always wanted to "get behind" the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain's narrative makes the story personal and very accessible. The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, "Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France." It was originally published as a serialization in Harper's Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper's editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan's Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, "They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama." This recording contains the complete text! De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc's page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life - as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles' army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte's memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants. Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen. Twain said, "I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none." (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

15h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

18:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

15:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

22:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

19:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

13:19


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

11:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

11:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

17:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

11:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

23:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

11:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:37


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

17:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

12:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:35


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

11:23


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:40


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

19:45


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

12:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

14:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

12:55


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:17